It has been a bit of a trying week. Between being stretched thin with all of these work trips and a full docket of work at home and the devastating news of the fires in Northern California, which have affected my beloved Napa Valley, I have been feeling a bit down as of late. To top it all off, Tate woke up with severe back pain on Wednesday morning and could barely lift his neck. The vet seems to think it is a residual injury from his back issues and we are treating it conservatively with medication and plenty of crate rest. It broke my heart to leave my sweet boy that way when I headed to High Point, North Carolina yesterday which is where I am writing you from today.
I am here at Furniture Market for a few meetings and in order to source more things for my clients back home. Paris and High Point could not be more different and while I enjoy High Point, I would love to be back in Paris instead! I will also be speaking on a panel hosted by One Kings Lane on Monday along with William Li, Creative Director of Ralph Lauren Home, Benjamin Reynaert, an editor with Hearst Group (House Beautiful, Elle Decor & Veranda), and Mandy Kellogg Rye of Waiting on Martha. We will be discussing how to build a brand on social media, so it should be a lively and interesting conversation. I will keep you posted on more details, but as of now, I believe the luncheon where the panel will take place is by invitation only. The best part of being in High Point is seeing design friends from all over the country, which I am very much looking forward to. I am also on a mission to find some fabulous new things for our projects.
Style: One of the most memorable experiences from my trip to Paris was seeing the incredible Christian Dior: Couturier du Reve exhibit in celebration of the legendary designer’s 70th anniversary of bringing beauty into the world at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs. It was extraordinary in every sense– from seeing the breathtaking couture craftsmanship of each dress to the inspiring level of creativity and detail with which the exhibit is displayed. It was one of the most special things I have ever experienced. I am planning to do a separate post, devoted entirely to this wonderful exhibition soon, but in the meantime, you can read the book, Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams which features the same dresses which were on display in Paris.
Design: On Wednesday, I shared the collaboration between me and the talented, forward-thinking Josh Young. Hop on over to Instagram (@ladolcevitablog) today for all of the details and to enter the giveaway of a “Paloma” portrait that I am hosting today.
Read: If you’ve followed LDV for a while now, then you likely know how special the Napa Valley is to me. It is one of my very favorite places on earth and one where Fabian and I have spent a good amount of time. It has been so heartbreaking to see the devastation left behind by the wildfires that have been ravaging the area this week. The California wine country is home to some incredibly hard-working, determined, and special people. Just think about how they manage to make pure magic out of the earth there, whether it is in a remarkable bottle of wine or in an unforgettable meal using the best produce the U.S. has to offer. I am certain that the area will rebuild and will come back better than ever, but it will surely be a long road ahead. If you love the area and are feeling as melancholy about it as I am, be sure to read From Napa with Love by Alexis Swanson Traina and From the Land by renowned architects Backen, Gillam & Kroeger, both of which are essentially love letters to this special little place on the planet. You can also find 8 ways to help the victims of the wildfires here.
Cook: I am a sucker for a beautifully designed book and Cherry Bombe by Kerry Diamond and Claudia Wu (creators of Cherry Bombe, an indie food magazine) pulled me right in with its crisp typography and chic color combination. Cherry Bombe features recipes and stories from 100 of the most creative women in the food industry including Padma Lakshmi from Top Chef, Jeni Britton Bauer of Jeni’s ice creams, Joy Wilson of Joy the Baker, and Chrissy Teigen, the model and best-selling cookbook author. I can’t wait to dig into this and try some new recipes once I get back from High Point.
Shop: When in High Point, comfortable shoes are an absolute must because you can easily be on your feet 12 hours a day. Since it is important to also look polished and presentable, a great pair of flat mules are ideal. I packed this gold pair with me and currently have my eye on these pretty leopard flats with black velvet bow as well as this chic pair of moss green velvet mules.
Have a wonderful weekend!